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Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

By Susan Freudenheim

3 days ago

From left: Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who in 2002 was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, and killed by a member of al-Qaida; and James Foley, a freelance reporter who in 2012 was kidnapped in Syria and was killed this month by a member of ISIS.

As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder... read full article

  • Journey to Uganda: Hunger, thirst and happiness

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    It was  a scene that repeated itself every time we arrived at a new village in rural Uganda. First, the villagers, who were expecting us, came running toward us as we unloaded our tired bodies from our large, rickety van after hours of slogging on dirt roads — roads that made you...

  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

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  • The fury (and boredom) of war

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    On a blistering afternoon in southern Israel on Aug. 4, about eight miles from Gaza at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 34, soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took cover in the shade of a makeshift rest stop — one of dozens set up throughout the south during...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • When your child fights in Gaza, this is how it feels

    By Jared Sichel

    July 23, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Jonathan and Daphne Orenshein do not like when an unknown number pops up on their cell phone. 

    Their son, Kevin, 21, operates a tank in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Givati unit and, as of his last report to his parents, was likely headed into a dense Gaza City neighborhood,...

  • Los Angeles’ reaction to Gazan fighting ranges from anxiety to empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    July 23, 2014 | 5:59 pm

    Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice was at a loss over how to respond to the latest crisis in Israel, namely, the country’s current war with the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of Gaza.

    Then he found out about the Shmira (“Guarding”) Project, an initiative that...

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